DSS-GB are the European Champions
At the end of a fabulous week of competition in Paris at the 4th DSISO European and Open Swimming Championships, the 30 swimmers from DSS-GB were crowned champions!
Not only that, Billy Birchmore was the top T21 male swimmer and Ellen Stephenson was the top female mosaic swimmer. Quite a haul of trophies to bring home. For a full rundown of the swimmers’ awards, take a look at our News page.
The swimmers, coaches, chaperones and families enjoyed a week of ferocious competition resulting in GBR topping the medals table. God Save the Queen was sung frequently and with great gusto by swimmers and supporters alike. World records tumbled and PBs were smashed. When not competing, time was spent cementing friendships old and new.
A hugely enjoyable and successful week was had by all.
For more details of the competition, please take a look at our blog.
DSSF Europeans Southampton
What a fabulous weekend of swimming at the Down Syndrome Swimming Federation European Down Syndrome Open Swimming Competition held at The Quays Southampton.
Junior, Open and Masters World records tumbled and PBs were smashed as the swimmers capitalised on all the extra training they have been doing in preparation for the World Championships in Canada this summer.
34 swimmers from DSS-GB took part, ranging in age from only-just-teenagers to Masters swimmers in their mid-thirties.
It was a weekend of fun and friendship too. The two-day competition allows plenty of time for the swimmers to socialise and make friends both with their teammates and swimmers from across Europe.
We are always on the lookout for talented swimmers to come and join the squad. There are minimum qualifying standards for international competition which can be seen here. If you can swim at or close to these times and have either T21 or Mosaic Down syndrome and would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DSS-GB at DSISO World Championships
The 9th DSISO Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships will take place between 20th – 26th July 2018 in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The team to represent Great Britain has now been announced and can be read in full on our News page.
The European Championship winning team have very high expectations but understand that it is a huge step up to the world stage. You can see how hard everyone is training by following our social media channels and we are all looking forward to the training camp in May.
Friends and supporters wish all the swimmers good luck and hope that the final few swimmers can achieve the qualifying times required for selection.
DSS-GB will continue to lobby for inclusion of our swimmers at the Tokyo games and if you’d like to help you can sign this petition.